While Apple is holding a big launch event this week, Google is having a launch without an event, according to Jay McGregor, contributing to Forbes on Tuesday. McGregor’s sources told him that both the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 smartphone will be introduced in a Google blog post tomorrow, and not at a planned press event.
McGregor also confirmed much of what we’ve already heard about the new [company]Google[/company] tablet. The 8.9-inch touchscreen is expected to have a high-resolution screen — McGregor said 2048 x 1440 but I’d expect 2560 x 1440, a.k.a: QuadHD — and come with either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. It will supposedly cost $399 or $499, depending on the amount of internal storage, and that amount could also be expandable. Most Nexus devices have foregone a microSD card slot although the original Nexus One did have that capability; ironically, that device was also built by HTC, which is the likely hardware partner for the Nexus 9.
[company]Nvidia[/company]’s Tegra K1 processor is also expected inside the tablet, which would confirm my earlier thought that a tablet, not a phone, would be the first 64-bit Android L device. The next Nexus phone will surely ship with Android L but it likely won’t have a 64-bit chip; McGregor said that handset will be introduced with the Nexus 9. The Nexus 6 — reportedly built by [company]Motorola[/company] and codenamed “Shamu” — will use a 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.
It might sound strange for Google to launch a new Nexus device or two without having an event to do so, but there is precedent. Last year, the Nexus 5 was introduced in the same manner, for example. Launching the devices prior to Apple’s event scheduled for this Thursday also makes sense from a timing perspective as [company]Apple[/company] is expected to launch new iPads later this week.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Google also introduce a keyboard accessory found by Android Police for the Nexus 9, which would be a first. The company didn’t create a keyboard for the Nexus 7, likely because the small screen size and 16:10 aspect ratio wouldn’t have been a good fit for a keyboard. Leaks have indicated the Nexus 9 will have a 4:3 aspect ratio which would be a better match for a Bluetooth keyboard.